Second Year Registration

Important: If you have not been admitted to an Engineering program, please visit the Qualifying Student Registration page for information.

The content in this section is intended for students who have been admitted to an Engineering program following successful completion of their qualifying year requirements.

Students can access program-specific registration information on our Program Specific Registration pages.

Tuition Deposit

Students transferring from another post-secondary institution must pay their tuition deposit before they are able to build their schedule or register in classes. The fastest way to have your tuition deposit processed is to pay by credit card through Launchpad. More information is available on the Tuition Deposit Payment page.

Registration Timelines

Registration will begin on July 15, 2024 at approximately 7:00 AM MST. You will gain access to create your draft schedules in My Schedule Builder about a week before registration opens. Before July 15, you may notice an “Engineering Registration Block” on your account: this will be lifted the morning of July 15 to allow all second year students the same opportunity to register in classes.

Register Early: As classes may fill up quickly, we strongly recommend that students register in classes for both the Fall and Winter terms as soon as their enrollment appointment date opens.

Selecting and Registering in Courses

Follow Your Program Sequence: Students should follow the program sequence for the year they entered their program. Program details are available in the University of Alberta Calendar, the Bear Tracks Academic Requirements Report, as well as your Program Planner: review this information to ensure you know what courses you need to take to complete your degree. If you follow the sequence outlined in the program plan, you will be able to complete your program in four (traditional program) or five (co-op program) years.

Registration restrictions are in place to help ensure seats are available for on-sequence students. If you are following your sequence and cannot register in a core course because it is full, place the course on your Watch List and contact Please ensure you include your student ID in your message.

Important: If you choose to register in classes that are off-sequence for your program, you do so at your own risk. We are unable to assist students with registration in full courses if they are not following the sequence outlined on their program planner/in the Calendar. Students placed into discipline from a second qualifying year (Y2Q2) may have already completed some second year courses and may want to adjust their course registration as a result of this credit. Please see Engineering Off-Sequence Course Planning for more information.

Building Your Schedule

The Registrar's Office offers several short guides and videos to help you navigate Bear Tracks and My Schedule Builder. For detailed information, visit on the Registrar’s Office website.

Search for Classes

To create your schedule and enroll in courses on or after your enrollment appointment date go to: Bear Tracks > My Schedule Builder > Select Term > Enter course search information


Many courses are only offered in one term: please take this into consideration when building your schedule. We recommend you use the filters in My Schedule Builder to narrow down your search.

Enrollment Course Cart
Use the Enrollment Course Cart in My Schedule Builder to create schedules for both Fall and Winter terms. This will make it easier for you to build a schedule without timetable conflicts, and will be faster when you register in courses on your enrollment appointment date.
Save as Favourite
This is a new feature in My Schedule Builder where you can save various schedules to come back to later and register. You can also save and send them to friends or family.
Validate Enrollment Course Cart

Before your enrollment appointment date, we recommend that you validate your course schedules. Validating your schedule checks for course restrictions and ensures you meet the requirements for each of the classes you selected. This step will help speed up the registration process and result in a more seamless experience on your enrolment day. 

To validate your schedule, after you have added classes to your enrollment cart, return to ‘Schedule Results’ and select ‘Validate Enrollment Course Cart.’ If successful, you will see the message ‘OK to Add’ in the results column. If restrictions are not met, you will see a message in the results column with details. Revise your schedule and continue validating new classes until you have drafted a schedule without registration errors. Note: Validating your schedule does not mean that you have enrolled.


Enrolling in Courses

Once you have your schedule built, you need to enroll in your courses. Click ‘Get this Schedule’ from the drop down menu. Under Action, choose (checkout) Enroll and ‘Do Actions.’  

Once you have completed this step, click ‘Return to Selected Courses.’ You will now see beside each of the courses a blue box that says ‘Enrolled.’ Your registration is now complete. You can repeat these steps for each course or a full term of courses all at once.

Swap: Please note that this feature is recommended in Bear Tracks only, not My Schedule Builder.

This important feature enables students to safely change their registration to a different class. The Swap function in Bear Tracks will not process the drop of a currently registered course unless you are able to successfully add the new course. This feature protects your seat in the registered course if for some reason you are not able to add the new class. Please use this function instead of dropping the first class before registering in the second class. 

*If you use this function in My Schedule Builder, it acts only as a drop and add, therefore not saving your seat if the class is full or if there are other restrictions as you process your request.

This process is done through Bear Tracks and NOT My Schedule Builder. To withdraw from a course, in Bear Tracks, click on the Manage Classes tile and select Drop. Your current courses will be listed and you can check off the course you want to withdraw from and click submit. If a bubble appears stating you should meet with an Advisor before proceeding, you can either cancel the request or complete your request and an advisor may be in touch with you before approving the request.
Watch List

If a class is full, you can use the Watch List feature in My Schedule Builder to notify you when seats become available. This is not a waitlist; if space opens in the course, all students who have it on their Watch List will be notified. The first person to register gets the space in the class.

Set up your Watch List by entering your mobile phone information. You will then receive a text when space opens.  

*Note: international numbers are not supported by this feature.

To put a class on your Watch List, search for the class and then a box will appear under the course information: ‘Notify me when seats open.’

Class Remarks

Class Remarks contain important information about the class as well as restrictions and registration dates for different student groups. Class Remarks are listed under the course information when you add a course to your draft schedule.Note: Not all class sections will have Class Remarks.

For more detailed information on the new My Schedule Builder, please go to

Registration Tips

Course Loads
If you completed a second qualifying year and already have credit for some second year courses, you may have a lighter course load in some terms. You can move courses from third or fourth year up in your sequence as long as you have the necessary requisite(s) for those courses. Note: Taking courses earlier in your program will not reduce the time required to complete your degree.
Engineering Labs

Since most Engineering labs do not start during the first week of classes, each term you will need to use the toggle below your draft schedule to move ahead to future weeks and view the dates and times for the labs.


Future Course Scheduling
We recommend that students take the time to build out future terms using the current Fall/Winter terms as a template. Many courses are only offered in one term. If the courses you are blocking together will not fit into your timetable using the current schedule, it is very likely that they will also not fit into your timetable in future terms. Taking the time to check your future course timetables will help avoid potential problems in the future.
Check Terms When Courses are Offered

Many courses are only offered in one term. The University of Alberta Calendar may indicate that a course is typically offered in either term, however, in practice, they are normally offered in only one of the Fall, Winter, or Spring/Summer terms. The best place to see course availability is to search for classes in My Schedule Builder. If a class is not offered in a specific term, an error message will appear. 

Example: Searching for ECE 240 in Fall 2024 term, brings up this error message:


Spring/Summer Course Registration
If you would like to consider Spring/Summer courses for future registration and timetabling purposes, this schedule will be available in early January before the Winter term add/drop deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions

I did not get into the discipline program I wanted. Can I change it?

Placements into programs are final. Your discipline program assignment was determined based on your PAF and your program rankings on the Program Selection form.

To be considered for admission into a different discipline, students must first complete a minimum of eight courses from their assigned discipline over two terms, and present a minimum two-term GPA of 3.0. For more information, visit our Changing Programs page.

I did not get into the discipline program I wanted. What are my career options?

Take the time to learn more about your program using the resources and materials available to you in the Engineering Career Connections Resource Vault. Students who are just starting out on their career discovery journey should start on the Discover Your Anything: Exploring Options page to learn about the various career path options available to them in their discipline. Read through the discipline-specific career information for your program for a high-level overview, including key industries and areas of research, sample job titles, and a select list of companies who hire graduates from the program. 

The University of Alberta Career Centre also offers career development opportunities to investigate: you may discover exciting new careers that you want to pursue within your assigned program.

Last Updated: March 15, 2024